The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit COVID-19 Outbreak Summary dashboard contains local current and historical outbreak event data from March 26, 2020 to present. The report is posted weekly on this site on Tuesdays except for statutory holidays.
The Health Unit no longer issues media releases for outbreaks in long-term care and retirement home facilities. Data about cases in Long-Term Care and Retirement facilities can be found here.
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Expand the dashboard to full screen mode using the controls in the lower right-hand corner of the report and choose the desired tab at the top of the report.
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For clarification of any outbreak information, please email us at [email protected].
Outbreak Report Frequently Asked Questions
We wanted to show a snapshot of the historical and current institutional and community-based outbreaks in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark. We also wanted to demonstrate the effect of outbreaks on our different population sectors (e.g. Long-term Care facilities, schools and businesses). The report also serves as a reminder of how important it is to continue following precautions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It is good for the public to see a weekly snapshot of where cases are coming from in the region, not just geographically but what facilities and workplaces are being affected. If you think that COVID-19 is not a concern for you, this will help you realize that it is a concern for everyone.
It is better to get a weekly snapshot of the outbreaks as the information fluctuates day to day and can become more confusing to follow.
We will not confirm the name of a place where an outbreak has occurred unless during investigation we have not been able to identify high or low risk contacts and need to send out a media release to notify the public of a risk of exposure. We never share details about cases like name, age, location or health status. We don’t share the geographic locations of outbreaks as some workplaces are small, and this could lead to identification of individuals.
Any direct contacts are called or sent letters advising them of their risk level and what they need to do (isolate, seek testing, monitor for symptoms). Management of a workplace is notified and works with public health to decide if their staff or customers need to be made aware if they are not at risk.
Our Public Health Inspectors and partner agencies such as Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development conduct inspections and respond to complaints to reduce the risk of COVID-19 in businesses.
We can increase education around the following issues: Employee screening done daily; create a masking policies; Reduce staff gathering in common areas; Enhance cleaning; Ensure they have a safety plan.
The individuals affected by the outbreak have been contacted by public health and they have been asked to identify anyone with whom they had been in close contact with during their time of communicability – two days before up to ten days after symptoms develop. High risk close contacts must self-isolate for 14 days and get tested.
Variants of Concern are known to spread more easily and quickly when public health measures are not followed. We recommend the same precautions and urge people not to be complacent or to assume anyone outside of their household can be in closed contact with them.
Check the notes on the last page of the report for definitions on how outbreaks are declared and ended in different types of settings.
Yes if the outbreak is assessed as being closed, no new cases in a 14 day period, and then new cases are identified at a later date then that will be a separate outbreak.
The Health Unit does a risk assessment to find if there is a risk to the public/customers because we are unable to identify close contacts. If we find such a risk then we will do a media release alerting the public to whether they should monitor for symptoms and/or get tested if they attended on specific dates. If you hear of a case in a workplace or business but have not seen media from us, then there was no risk to the public.
Ontario’s health privacy legislation, the Personal Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA), establishes a set of rules regarding your personal health information (PHI). The rules in this Act protect “identifying information” about an individual, whether oral or recorded; if the information is related to the individual’s physical condition, for example: testing positive for COVID-19 or being in hospital. Being a rural area such as ours, that is less densely populated and where many people know their neighbours, we have to limit the geographic identification and demographic information of individual people who have tested positive in order to comply with this regulation. Identifying workplaces and community locations of outbreaks could further identify individual COVID-19 cases.
The information on whether someone had COVID-19 is personal health information and belongs to the individual. Information about the number of cases within a business/facility belongs to the facility. The Health Unit does not provide this information.
The Ministry of Long-Term Care posts data on the Ministry of Health website on each Long-Term Care Outbreaks. The Ministry of Education posts data on School and Childcare Outbreaks. The information on whether someone had COVID-19 is personal health information and belongs to the individual and information about the number of cases in a long-term care facility, retirement home, school, or childcare centre belongs to the facility. Cases in schools are not reported on the Health Unit website but outbreaks and closures in school can be found here.